News in Brief

MIT Uses Video to Train Machine Vision System

Jun 22, 2016 |

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory reported this week they have developed a deep learning algorithm that could help machines using predictive vision anticipate human interactions. The approach uses unlabeled YouTube videos as its source material to train deep networks to predict human interactions. In a paper titled, “Anticipating Visual Representations from Unlabeled Video,” the researchers said they applied recognition algorithms on the trained network’s prediction to forecast future actions. That prediction capability could be used in Read more…

Cognitive Platform Sharpens Focus on Unstructured Data

Jun 21, 2016 |

Big data platform vendors are increasingly focusing on churning through unstructured data, especially for text, audio and even security applications like insider threat analysis. Among the companies emerging in this industry segment is Digital Reasoning, a well-connected cognitive computing company that has helped the U.S. military track terrorists online while working with financial markets to spot insider trading. The company, which recently expanded beyond the Capital Beltway to Nashville, rolled out the latest version of its Synthesys cognitive computing platform Read more…

Twitter Buys Another Machine Learning Startup

Jun 20, 2016 |

Machine learning continues to make inroads among hyper-scalers who are increasingly using it to train rather then program algorithms. As if the technology needed any more promotion, Twitter announced its acquisition of a London-based company that has developed machine-learning techniques for visual processing. According to reports, Twitter (NYSE: TWTR ) paid about $150 million for AI startup Magic Pony Technology. Other details of the deal announced Monday (June 20) were not disclosed. The social media company’s stock rose on news Read more…

Proliferation of Data Driving Machine Learning

Jun 16, 2016 |

Machine learning is a hot topic, but what applications is the technology driving and what drives machine learning? The short answer, concludes a new research report on machine learning, is data—lots of data. “Data is available in volumes never dreamed of, which means the algorithms have more to get their teeth into,” concluded a survey by market watcher 451 Research, noting that “machine learning lives or dies depending on the quantity and quality of the data available.” Moreover, the rise Read more…

Gartner: Role of Analytics in Security is Growing

Jun 15, 2016 |

As corporate and, more recently, university IT networks are bombarded with malicious code and other forms of cyber attacks, network managers are being forced to rely more heavily on a range of emerging security technologies to monitor suspicious activity on networks and cloud infrastructure. Among the leading approaches to infrastructure security are tools for securing cloud access along with “endpoint” solutions designed detect and respond to breaches along with signature-based approaches to funding off malware. Increasingly, however, user and behavioral Read more…

Big Data Career Notes

Jun 15, 2016 |

In this monthly feature, we’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest career developments for individuals in the big data community. Whether it’s a promotion, new company hire, or even an accolade, we’ve got the details. Check in each month for an updated list and you may even come across someone you know, or better yet, yourself! Steve Smith Steve Smith, CEO and President of Equinix, has joined NetApp’s board of directors. Prior to joining Equinix in 2007, Smith was the Read more…

Machine Learning Enlisted to Fight Ransomware

Jun 14, 2016 |

Everyone seemingly is complaining about the spread of ransomware, and now somebody is trying to do something about it using machine learning-based behavioral analytics techniques to track suspicious behavior on company networks. As the scale of the ransomware threat grows, including ransom payments by hospitals and universities and growing fears that it will soon spread to other sectors, a Silicon Valley security intelligence firm has rolled out an approach for detecting ransomware via machine learning. Exabeam, a specialist in user Read more…

UMass Gets More Corporate Funding for Data Science

Jun 13, 2016 |

Corporate backing continues to pour into efforts to build up data science and cyber security skills. The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, which last year launched its Center for Data Science, will receive another $15 million over the next decade from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.’s foundation. The insurer’s foundation said its goal is to help the university based in western Massachusetts become a global center for data science research and finding new ways to protect digital data. “The implementation Read more…

AI is Coming, Prompting New IT Security Concerns

Jun 10, 2016 |

Intelligent, often autonomous, systems are making headway in the datacenter as developers seek to offload manual processes and move beyond traditional approaches like prescriptive IT automation as they struggle to keep up. That’s the conclusion of a vendor-backed survey of IT executives about the adoption of intelligent machines and systems based on new AI approaches and other expert systems. Still, the survey sponsored by IT management software specialist Ipswitch notes that early adopters of automated systems are struggling to gauge Read more…

Another AI-Based Security Startup Gains Funding

Jun 8, 2016 |

Advanced data analytics and AI techniques such as cognitive intelligence and deep machine learning are finding new applications in the drive to understand and respond to a growing range of cyber security threats as they unfold. Among the latest AI startups to attract early investment backing is Los Angeles-based Armorway, which announced a $2.5 million seed funding round this week to be used to extend its AI platform. The patented technology is touted as delivering a range of analytics capabilities Read more…